Nominations being sought for outstanding senior volunteers

Nominations are currently being taken for the Salute to Senior Service program, which honors the contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours of volunteer service a month to their favorite causes. Senior volunteers can be nominated during the months of February and March at State winners then will be selected by popular vote on the website, with voting taking place from April 15 to April 30, 2013. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.

The favorite nonprofit organization of each state winner will receive $500 from the Home Instead Senior Care network and the organizations’ stories will be posted on the Salture to Senior Service Wall of Fame. The national winner’s charity of choice will receive an additional $5,000.

“We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” Tim Dungan, owner of the Texoma Home Instead Senior Care office, said. “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”

Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults. So, too, are family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.

The nomination form, as well as the contest’s official rules, are available on Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. More information about Salute to Senior Service can be obtained by calling 903-893-1100.